History YMMV / TheSopranos

13th Sep '17 2:16:23 PM TrollBrutal
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** Phil Leotardo suffers an incapacitating heart attack. His actor Frank Vincent died on September 13, 2017 due to complications of heart surgery after a heart attack.
21st Aug '17 4:10:01 PM KingClark
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: A huge theme of the show. Nearly all of the characters are unprecedentedly rich with psychological nuance, complex (and often conflicting) emotions, and words and actions which can be interpreted in a number of ways. The show treasures ambiguity, and thus refuses any easy categorizations for its characters or anything else.
** Meta example. Did David Chase ended the show that way to gain a [[ItWasHisSled typical audience reaction?]] Or was it an intentional "screw-you" to the fans? [[labelnote:Explanation]] As an entry in "Misaimed Fandom, it was dicussed quote-on-quote "David Chase, creator of The Sopranos has spoken out against the many viewers who would cheer Tony on, stating that he was written to be an unlikable, hypocritical character. And, you know, a murderous gangster. And then, when those same viewers began calling for Tony's death during the show's final season, he got really frustrated, giving an absolutely scathing statement that basically said that rooting for a despicable criminal for six years and then arbitrarily deciding that it's now time for "justice" is completely absurd."[[/labelnote]]

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A huge theme of the show. Nearly all of the characters are unprecedentedly rich with psychological nuance, complex (and often conflicting) emotions, and words and actions which can be interpreted in a number of ways. The show treasures ambiguity, and thus refuses any easy categorizations for its characters or anything else.
** Meta example. Did David Chase ended the show that way to gain a [[ItWasHisSled typical audience reaction?]] Or was it an intentional "screw-you" to the fans? [[labelnote:Explanation]] As [[labelnote:Explanation]]As an entry in "Misaimed Fandom, MisaimedFandom, it was dicussed quote-on-quote "David Chase, creator of The Sopranos has spoken out against the many viewers who would cheer Tony on, stating that he was written to be an unlikable, hypocritical character. And, you know, a murderous gangster. And then, when those same viewers began calling for Tony's death during the show's final season, he got really frustrated, giving an absolutely scathing statement that basically said that rooting for a despicable criminal for six years and then arbitrarily deciding that it's now time for "justice" is completely absurd."[[/labelnote]]
21st Aug '17 4:09:19 PM KingClark
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* SeasonalRot: Varies depending on who you talk to. Seasons 1, 2, and 5 are generally agreed upon as being great. Season 6 (Part 1) and Season 4 generally receive the highest complaint value, though season 4 has its fans.

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Varies depending on who you talk to. Seasons 1, 2, and 5 are generally agreed upon as being great. Season 6 (Part 1) and Season 4 generally receive the highest complaint value, though season 4 has its fans.
21st Aug '17 4:08:08 PM KingClark
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Easily one of the most controversial things about the series. While it was liked well enough, many people criticized it for its unsympathetic characters (many of the main characters [[MoralEventHorizon committing repugnant things]]), and for the general lack of likeable characters. Well, it's TheMafia.
** This makes sense. In Seasons 3 and 4, there are hardly any characters left who are not a HateSink.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Easily one of the most controversial things about the series. While it was liked well enough, many people criticized it for its unsympathetic characters (many of the main characters [[MoralEventHorizon committing repugnant things]]), and for the general lack of likeable characters. Well, it's TheMafia.
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things]]. By Seasons 3 and 4, there are hardly any characters left who are not a HateSink.
7th Jul '17 11:09:06 AM RobbSony3
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* EvilIsCool: Paulie Walnuts. For being is an AxCrazy PsychopathicManChild, he's incredibly [[LaughablyEvil entertaining and colorful]]. Also doubles with CreepyAwesome.


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* LoveToHate: Paulie Walnuts. For being is an AxCrazy PsychopathicManChild, he's incredibly [[LaughablyEvil entertaining and colorful]]. Also doubles with CreepyAwesome.
3rd Jul '17 9:22:36 PM karstovich2
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Or at the very least, Legal VoodooShark, respecting Junior's indictments and jail in Seasons 1-2. The indictments appear to be federal ones, but then Junior is apparently detained before hearing. After a few weeks, his lawyer gets him out by claiming health problems, allowing Junior to be held on house arrest. All of this is a big to-do in the family. However, federal defendants are rarely held before trial and rarely have to post bail; instead, they are simply detained, released with conditions (like Junior's house arrest), or released without conditions, and this decision is made within a few days of the arrest. Junior would have never been held for more than 2-3 days in a real federal prosecution.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Or at the very least, Legal VoodooShark, respecting Junior's indictments and jail in Seasons 1-2. The indictments appear to be federal ones, but then Junior is apparently detained before hearing. After a few weeks, his lawyer gets him out by claiming health problems, allowing Junior to be held on house arrest. All of this is a big to-do in the family. However, federal defendants are rarely held before trial and rarely have to post bail; instead, they are simply detained, released with conditions (like Junior's house arrest), or released without conditions, and this decision is made within a few days of the arrest. Junior would have never been held for more than 2-3 days in a real federal prosecution. Now, Junior could have been held longer on state charges (at the time; New Jersey would later adopt a federal-like system), but the charges are clearly federal.
3rd Jul '17 9:21:23 PM karstovich2
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** Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri. [[PsychoForHire Is he a ruthless psychopath in every single way]], [[AmbiguousDisorder or just a turbulent men with a childlike mind and poor impulse control?]] His KickTheDog moments and LackOfEmpathy (the waiter's murder, [[spoiler: Minn's murder]]) seem to indicate the first interpretation. On the other hand, his moments of kindness or empathy seem to indicate the second interpretation.

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** Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri. [[PsychoForHire Is he a ruthless psychopath in every single way]], [[AmbiguousDisorder or just a turbulent men man with a childlike mind and poor impulse control?]] His KickTheDog moments and LackOfEmpathy (the waiter's murder, [[spoiler: Minn's murder]]) seem to indicate the first interpretation. On the other hand, his moments of kindness or empathy seem to indicate the second interpretation.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Or at the very least, Legal VoodooShark, respecting Junior's indictments and jail in Seasons 1-2. The indictments appear to be federal ones, but then Junior is apparently detained before hearing. After a few weeks, his lawyer gets him out by claiming health problems, allowing Junior to be held on house arrest. All of this is a big to-do in the family. However, federal defendants are rarely held before trial and rarely have to post bail; instead, they are simply detained, released with conditions (like Junior's house arrest), or released without conditions, and this decision is made within a few days of the arrest. Junior would have never been held for more than 2-3 days in a real federal prosecution.
20th Jun '17 11:22:25 AM RobbSony3
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** This makes sense. In Seasons 3 and 4, there are hardly any characters left who are not a HateSink.
6th Jun '17 1:25:59 PM hohocrush
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8txk_B0SFw I Love Paris by Dean Martin.]]
** This badass [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRFrZqTveaI mashup]] as used in the Season 3 opening.
23rd May '17 12:22:44 PM TrollBrutal
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*** [[spoiler: Tony murdering Christopher is another candidate for him as well. Then again, [[SarcasmMode it's not like Christopher was a junkie addict and abusive boyfriend loser type.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Phil Leotardo crossed it with Vito's extremely brutal murder, ''[[DisproportionateRetribution and just for being gay, no less]]''.]]

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*** ** [[spoiler: Tony murdering Christopher is another candidate for him as well. Then again, [[SarcasmMode it's not like Christopher was a junkie addict well, even if Tony has his reasons due to Christopher's drug addiction and abusive boyfriend loser type.]]]]
unreliability.]]
** [[spoiler:Phil Leotardo crossed crosses it with Vito's extremely brutal murder, ''[[DisproportionateRetribution and just for being gay, no less]]''.]]
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